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3D Object-based Segmentation-based Quantification of Spatial Protein Organization (OBS3D)
TS-066233 — Protein analysis is foundational to understanding human physiology and is helpful for basic research, diagnosis, guiding treatment, and monitoring of human disease. There are several widely used platforms for evaluating protein function. The primary tools used in protein analysis on cells and tissues include antibody/aptamer, fluorescent detection systems, and mass spectrometry.
Colocalization analysis is the current standard technique for assessing spatial association of co‐labeled proteins in cells using multicolor immunofluorescence images. However, these tools are limited because multiple antigens nearby exhibit overlapping staining, which leads to inaccurate analys…
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Veeraraghavan, Rengasayee
  • Licensing Officer: Zinn, Ryan

System for automated high-speed imaging and genetic manipulation of C. elegans on agar media
TS-065892 — The Need The microscopic worm C. elegans is a model animal studied in more than 1500 biological and medical research laboratories worldwide due to its genetic manipulability and optical transparency. In C. elegans research, the manual process of picking worms between plates presents a significant …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Fang-Yen, Christopher "Chris"; Alhalbi, Serge; Li, Zihao
  • Licensing Officer: Randhawa, Davinder

Antibiotic-free selection of plasmids for recombinant DNA technology applications
TS-065461 — The Need: In the field of modern biochemistry, the production of recombinant proteins in bacterial hosts like Escherichia coli is integral for both research and industrial applications. However, the traditional method of using antibiotics for selection in protein production is costly and contributes…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Gopalan, Venkat
  • Licensing Officer: Willson, Christopher

Revolutionizing RNA-Protein Interaction Mapping: Precision Proximity Labeling Technology
TS-065456 — The Need In modern biological research, there is a pressing demand for technologies that enable precise mapping of RNA-protein interactions within Ribonucleoprotein (RNP) complexes. Traditional methods often lack the capability to pinpoint these interactions at the level of secondary structure moti…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Bong, Dennis; Liang, Yufeng; Miao, Shiqin "Shiqin"
  • Licensing Officer: Willson, Christopher

Advanced AAV Gene Therapy Characterization Technique
TS-062608 — Gene therapy is an emerging technology that replaces a faulty gene or adds a new gene to cure disease or improve your body's ability to fight infection. These next-generation treatments hold promise for treating various genetic and chronic conditions, including but not limited to cancer, cystic …
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wysocki, Vicki; Cleary, Sean; Du, Chen
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

Fluorescent probes for intracellular RNA tracking
TS-062554 — The Need: Intracellular RNA fluorescence labeling is a crucial technique for studying cellular processes and understanding gene expression. However, the conventional MS2 labeling method using protein fusion labels can have drawbacks, such as increased mass, potential steric accessibility issues, and…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Bong, Dennis; Liang, Yufeng
  • Licensing Officer: Willson, Christopher

Functional "fingerloop" DNA antisense motifs for nucleic acid targeting and detection technologies
TS-062547 — The Need: The field of molecular biology and genetic engineering faces challenges in achieving precise and accurate detection and amplification of target nucleic acid sequences. Traditional hybridization technologies suffer from the issue of mismatched targets, leading to reduced specificity and rel…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Lease, Richard
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

"Flexible biomarker biofluid cell array for 2D/3D mapping of biomarker concentration levels"
TS-062483 — Measurement/detection of analytes (e.g., biomarkers) in different environments (e.g., biofluids/organs) is typically performed using a biosensor. Available bio-integrated sensors do not provide the capability to map biomarker concentrations, require a power source to function, use a limited number of electrodes, and normally can only measure a specific type of biofluid but not others. The use of glutamate mapping technology (radioactive or fluorescent ligand bound to a glutamate receptor) has been evaluated and found to require bulky/expensive medical equipment, a power source for measurement, cannot be miniaturized or integrated into a bio tissue, and require patients to be stationary during measurement.
The Need To address concerns and limitations with current biomarker detection/ measurement technologies, an alternative, cost-effective, efficient biosensing system/device capable of 2D/3D mapping the concentrations of various biomarkers in different bio environments is required. The Technology …
  • College: College of Engineering (COE)
  • Inventors: Li, Jinghua; Liu, Tzu Li; Nithianandam, Prasad
  • Licensing Officer: Ashouripashaki, Mandana

Ion Carpet-Based Surface-Induced Dissociation Device
TS-062342 — The Need In the field of mass spectrometry (MS), the study of proteins and protein complexes in their native form, known as native MS, has become crucial in understanding their structure and function. However, the current collision-induced dissociation (CID) technique used in tandem MS experiments …
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Wysocki, Vicki; Gilbert, Joshua; Stiving, Alyssa
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

Method and Apparatus for Contained-Electrospray for Use in Mass Spectrometry and Droplet Reactions
TS-062326 — The Need: In today's analytical landscape, there is a pressing demand for improved sensitivity in electrospray ionization (ESI) to accurately quantify diverse analytes within complex mixtures. However, this task is often hindered by varying ionization responses among different compounds, includ…
  • College: College of Arts & Sciences
  • Inventors: Badu-Tawiah, Abraham; Kulyk, Dmytro
  • Licensing Officer: Dahlman, Jason "Jay"

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